The Reverend Dr. John D. Copenhaver, Jr.will be at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church this Sunday and will preach at 9:00 and 11:00. His message is titled, “Limitless God–Limitless Reconciliation”. Scriptures are from II Samuel, Ephesians, Mark and Psalm 89. The Chancel Choir anthem is “Let the Song Go Round the Earth” (composer: Red).
The sermon draws on all the readings, but with special emphasis on the readings from the Old Testament and the Epistle. In 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, God refuses David’s plan to “build God a house.” For the Israelite’s sake, the symbols of God’s presence with them are the tabernacle and ark, but God cannot be contained by them, much less by a house. God has bigger plans than David can hope or imagine. In Ephesians 2:11-22 Paul proclaims that God’s reconciling work in Jesus Christ cannot be limited to the Jews but embraces gentiles as well. When we extend this to Paul’s other writings, we learn that this reconciliation embraces all people and even creation!
Dr. Copenhaver is a native of Roanoke,attending Patrick Henry H.S., and his grandfather was a member of Greene Memorial. He has served as a pastor, campus minister, university chaplain and professor during his career. He is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University, and currently serves on the board of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), and on the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society.
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